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  • EDF responds to the review of the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020

    01.04.2016 On 23 December 2015, the European Commission launched a public consultation on the review of the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020. The Strategy aims to remove barriers to inclusion of persons with disabilities and identifies 8 main areas for action at EU level: Accessibility, Participation, Equality, Employment, Education and Training, Social Protection, Health and External Action. EDF submitted its position on the review of the Strategy. EDF welcomed the European Commission’s initiative to take stock of the impact of the Strategy. We strongly believe that this exercise should be part...
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  • EDF Board meeting: local communities, refugees with disabilities & UK referendum on EU membership

    14.03.2016 In the weekend of 12-13 March, EDF Board meeting took place in Amsterdam hosted by our Dutch member, Ieder(in) , and supported by the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports. Representatives of organisations of persons with disabilities from all over Europe discussed, among others, the role of municipalities in implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), the situation of refugees and migrants with disabilities and the upcoming UK referendum on EU membership. On the first day, there was a conference entitled “From global to local: Building...
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  • Agreement on the Web Accessibility Directive

    14.03.2016 EDF welcomes the agreement reached last night among the EU institutions (Parliament, Council and Commission) on the proposed Directive on web accessibility. It is a crucial milestone to achieve an inclusive digital society, in which 80 million persons with disabilities will be able to participate on equal basis with others. Public websites and apps should no longer exclude anyone. Based on the article of MEP Dita Charanzová, Parliament’s rapporteur of the web accessibility Directive, and the Commission’s press release, EDF is delighted to announce that the main demands and expectations of...
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  • EDF & ORACLE E-Accessibility scholarship to computer science standout with disabilities

    13.03.2016 Supports development of mobile application to facilitate contact with caregivers, interpreters and assistants Last year, EDF joined forces with Oracle , an integrated cloud applications and platform services company, to promote accessibility within the ICT (information and communications technology) profession. Together, we offered an e-Accessibility Scholarship of 8,000 euros to higher education students with disabilities in the fields of computer science, computer engineering, user experience, among others. “We joined forces with Oracle, firstly to give recognition to outstanding...
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  • Equal access to web

    10.03.2016 Open letter from 20 civil society networks, representing consumers, older people and people from a range of representative organisations of persons with disabilities strongly oppose Council’s proposals to water down the Web Accessibility Directive Web accessibility means that everyone – including people with disabilities – can use the internet independently to browse, navigate and interact. In 2012, the European Commission released a proposal for a Web Directive on the accessibility of the public sector bodies' websites. The proposal has been discussed at the European Parliament and at the...
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  • International Women's Day: the invisibility of women with disabilities must end

    08.03.2016 The International Women’s Day 2016 finds Europe at a stage where significant efforts have been made in terms of gender equality and empowerment of women in society. However, discrimination against women still exists and Europe often fails to include the rights of women in its political and economic decision making. Women with disabilities, in particular, have to deal with a double challenge and are even more invisible in society. Today, on the International Women’s Day, EDF calls on the EU to take measures to promote the rights of women and girls with disabilities in its policies. We call...
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  • How can accessible technology support independent living?

    03.03.2016 On 1 March 2015, EDF and Google organised a special event focusing on “Accessible technology for independent living”. The event took place at the European Parliament hosted by MEP Evelyne Gehardt and supported by Debating Europe who organised a debate in the end of the event with representatives from EDF, Google and the European Commission responding to questions from an online debate published on Debating Europe’s website, as well as from the audience in the room. EDF was represented by its Secretary, Rodolfo Cattani, who underlined: “Accessible technology is beneficial for everyone, not...
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  • EDF strengthens cooperation with the pacific ASEAN and African regional networks

    26.02.2016 From 22 to 25 of February, EDF welcomed our sister networks of persons with disabilities from the Africa, Pacific and ASEAN regions to Brussels. With the support of the Australian Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade and the International Disability Alliance, EDF developed a programme of exchange, learning, advocacy and networking in Brussels for 17 disability activists representing these regional networks. Highlights of the programme included: Learning about the EU’s approach to the rights of persons with disabilities Learning about the EU’s external action work- both internally and...
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  • European Accessibility Act: EDF presented its position at the Parliament

    23.02.2016 Today EDF presented at the European Parliament its initial response to the European Commission’s proposal for the European Accessibility Act. Together with the European Blind Union (EBU), the Swedish Association of the Visually Impaired (SRF), members of the European Parliament and representatives from the European Commission and the Dutch Presidency to the EU, we discussed the key issues of the proposal and the possible points for improvement. BACKGROUND INFORMATION Last December, the European Commission finally published its proposal for the European Accessibility Act. The Act had been at...
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  • Joint meeting with the Intergroup on Children's Rights

    17.02.2016 On 17 February, the Disability intergroup co-organised wit the intergroup on children’s rights a meeting on ‘Ending violence against children with disabilities’. The discussion drew from the recent findings by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights in its report on ‘Violence against children with disabilities: legislation, policies and programmes in the EU’. The meeting was co-chaired by MEP Corazza Bildt, Chinnici and MEP Helga Stevens. Children with disabilities face significant barriers to enjoying their fundamental rights. They are often excluded from society, sometimes living in...
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